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Robert James Fischer vs Winton Fulk
Simul, 71b (1964) (exhibition), Chicago, IL USA, Mar-22
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-04-05  BobbyBishop: I've been a French player since I first learned the game and have been experimenting with ...5. cxd4 for years to mixed reactions. A common response is usually..I've never (or hardly ever) seen it in master play, therefore it must be bad. Perhaps but I was pleased and encouraged to see an unknown drawing with it against no less a player than Bobby Fischer! And I imagine it irritated him to no end..that damn Winawer! And an obscure sideline to boot! I actually get some good games with it..the surprise element alone is notabe. I usually see either 6. Qxd4 as in this game or axb3 dxc3 7. bxc3 with Qc7 usually producing an "uh oh" kinda look. Other notable players who've employed this line at one time or another were Botvinnik, Fine, Tartakower and Rossolimo.
Oct-14-05  Crackov Bonestein: Hmmm..interesting line. On the surface it looks totally playable. Capturing white's d pawn undermining e5, messing up pawn structure, etc. I'm surprised Bobby allowed the situation of having to defend the e pawn and thus granting black Nxb4, not to mention also allowing him to snap off his beloved King's Bishop! I don't think Bobby was in his element playing simuls. He's got some pretty horrendous losses (for a player of his caliber) in some of his simul games from the 1964 tour.
Oct-22-05  BobbyBishop: You have a point Crackov..there are a few doosies. Like this one for example:

Fischer vs E Puto, 1964


Oct-26-05  Crackov Bonestein: Oh my...he got torched!
Jan-18-08  The Chess Express: White could try 10. Qe1 after Nxb4 11. bxc3 Nxd3 12. cxd3 0-0 13. Ba3 Re8 14. Bd6 White should have enough despite the exchange of K ♗.

10. bxc3 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Qxe5 12. Ra3! 0-0 13. Re1 Qc7 14. Qh5 is another try. This is the kind of line that tests your tactics but should favor white.

Jan-18-08  The Chess Express: Incidentally, blackís best answer to 7. Qg4 (and one that is not covered yet in the OE) is Kf8!? After 8. Nf3 Qc7 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. Qf4 f6 11. 0-0! The position is unclear, but Iíll take white.
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  FSR: I knew Winton Fulk, Fischer's opponent in this game. He died about 10 years ago.
Apr-08-08  The Chess Express: My dad once played Fischer during college. He lost of coarse.
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  TheFocus: From a simul in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 1964.

Fischer scored +56=11-4.

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